A Los Angeles firefighter received $300,000 in overtime pay in one year by working more hours than actually exist in a single year.
The magazine crunched the numbers and claimed that the firefighter earned his base salary of $92,000 by working 2,912 hours at an hourly rate of $31.60.
For overtime hourly rate, Thompson would earn $47.40, meaning that in order to receive $300,000 in overtime pay for the whole year, he would have had to work 6,370 hours – bringing the total hours worked to 9,280.
Between 1993 and 1995 he earned nearly $220,000 in overtime, a 1996 Los Angeles Times article reported.
In 2008, Thompson earned nearly $180,000 in overtime pay, the Los Angeles Daily News reported, noting that the L.A. fire department's overtime budget skyrocketed by over 60 percent in a decade.